195283Re: On Creating Altlangs
- Feb 22, 2013On 2013-02-22 13:16, Roman Rausch wrote:
>> All engelangs I've seen have some sort of 'aesthetic coherence', as does the Black Speech which Tolkien meant to reflect his idea of uglinessI couldn't agree more, but look up his description of his
> Does it really, though? He himself calls it "very different from Elvish, yet organized and expressive, as would be expected of a device of Sauron before his complete corruption" (PE17:11) which sounds quite positive.
> I would say that the negative connotations with the Black Speech in Middle-earth are cultural: It is, after all, the language of the great enemy who wants to destroy and enslave the known world. I also do not find it ugly: Phonetically it's well-balanced, you could do much better if you really wanted to make a language ugly - weird consonant clusters, an excess of a certain sound type, glottal stops in the unlikeliest of places to make you choke - you name it.
intentions with BS -- in "Letters" I think, which I don't
have at hand. My own Sohlob is definitely much more similar
to BS than to the Eldarin languages, yet it has no 'evil'
connotations within its setting at all -- as if a language
could be inherently good or evil, which I don't think
JRRT thought. He made a point of pointing out that Morgoth
was a skilled omniglot too BTW!
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